Ubuntu: No Vim Syntax Highlighting in Ubuntu 16


I just installed Ubuntu 16.04.2 and I'm not getting any syntax highlighting.

I can turn syntax on/off via the :syntax command, but it has no effect on cpp and js files (haven't tested other files).

I installed vim via apt-get install vim, so it's not vim-tiny.

Below is my vim --version

vim --version        VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Nov 24 2016 16:44:48)      Included patches: 1-1689      Extra patches: 8.0.0056      Modified by pkg-vim-maintainers@lists.alioth.debian.org      Compiled by pkg-vim-maintainers@lists.alioth.debian.org      Huge version without GUI.  Features included (+) or not (-):      +acl             +farsi           +mouse_netterm   +tag_binary      +arabic          +file_in_path    +mouse_sgr       +tag_old_static      +autocmd         +find_in_path    -mouse_sysmouse  -tag_any_white      -balloon_eval    +float           +mouse_urxvt     -tcl      -browse          +folding         +mouse_xterm     +terminfo      ++builtin_terms  -footer          +multi_byte      +termresponse      +byte_offset     +fork()          +multi_lang      +textobjects      +channel         +gettext         -mzscheme        +timers      +cindent         -hangul_input    +netbeans_intg   +title      -clientserver    +iconv           +packages        -toolbar      -clipboard       +insert_expand   +path_extra      +user_commands      +cmdline_compl   +job             -perl            +vertsplit      +cmdline_hist    +jumplist        +persistent_undo +virtualedit      +cmdline_info    +keymap          +postscript      +visual      +comments        +langmap         +printer         +visualextra      +conceal         +libcall         +profile         +viminfo      +cryptv          +linebreak       -python          +vreplace      +cscope          +lispindent      +python3         +wildignore      +cursorbind      +listcmds        +quickfix        +wildmenu      +cursorshape     +localmap        +reltime         +windows      +dialog_con      -lua             +rightleft       +writebackup      +diff            +menu            -ruby            -X11      +digraphs        +mksession       +scrollbind      -xfontset      -dnd             +modify_fname    +signs           -xim      -ebcdic          +mouse           +smartindent     -xsmp      +emacs_tags      -mouseshape      +startuptime     -xterm_clipboard      +eval            +mouse_dec       +statusline      -xterm_save      +ex_extra        +mouse_gpm       -sun_workshop    -xpm      +extra_search    -mouse_jsbterm   +syntax                   system vimrc file: "$VIM/vimrc"           user vimrc file: "$HOME/.vimrc"       2nd user vimrc file: "~/.vim/vimrc"            user exrc file: "$HOME/.exrc"        fall-back for $VIM: "/usr/share/vim"      Compilation: gcc -c -I. -Iproto -DHAVE_CONFIG_H   -Wdate-time  -g -O2 -fPIE -fstack-protector-strong -Wformat -Werror=format-security -U_FORTIFY_SOURCE -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=1            Linking: gcc   -Wl,-Bsymbolic-functions -fPIE -pie -Wl,-z,relro -Wl,-z,now -Wl,--as-needed -o vim        -lm -ltinfo -lnsl  -lselinux  -lacl -lattr -lgpm -ldl     -L/usr/lib/python3.5/config-3.5m-x86_64-linux-gnu -lpython3.5m -lpthread -ldl -lutil -lm   

Any suggestions? I'm not sure what to look at from here.


I found the problem, I needed to specify the number of colors available via the command

set t_Co=256  

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